Flower Power India Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale
Flower Power India Pale AleFlower Power India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Enjoy the clover honey hue and tropical nose. Simultaneously punchy and soothing with a big body and a finish that boasts pineapple and grapefruit. Flower Power is hopped and dry-hopped five different times throughout the brewing and fermentation process.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1,326 | Ratings: 5,438
Photo of semihobo
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stolen out of a friend's mixed 12 ... does pilfered beer taste better? I've always felt it does.

Summer seasonal that is still hanging around in 12 packs, no best-by-date but I love the bottle. The idea of "Flower Power" is perfect for Ithaca with lots of hop flowers all over the hippie lettering.

Very clear light amber, a little orangey, tasteful pure white head that dies fast leaving nothing behind.

Nose is of piney, nose-tingling hops. IBC was probably aiming for "floral" hops (given the name of the brew) and they got em. Methinks Cascade. A little sweetness behind the hops, with some cloveish spices.

Mild taste for an IPA. The hops are pretty friendly and gentle, and there is a solid malt presence along with the same spices from the smell. Hops taste of pine and are herbal. Pretty well balanced, maybe even on the maltier side for an IPA (due to subdued hops, not lots of malt). Bitter hoppy finish.

Pretty light, almost thin-bodied, clean mouthfeel, the resinous hop oil finish adds something.

The brew itself is not mind-blowing, but remember, this is a summer seasonal. Sipping this while swimming and playing in a creek in the sun this summer was excellent. Very tame for an IPA, almost a "Light IPA" without being pejorative. Extremely sessionable.

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Photo of Naes
2.98/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew is amber brown in color with a tall off white head.
The aroma is mild, but is fruity with a bit of pine.
The flavor is much maltier than most American IPA’s. There is a bit of caramel mixed in with the hops. The finish is where the citrus hops show their face.
Mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and is easily consumed.

Overall, this is an alright brew, but not the hop bomb that I am looking for.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, the Flower Power is a basic IPA that offers about the same hoppiness that many other American pale ales do. It's decent enough, however, and there is a pleasant floral character that runs throughout. I could easily imagine trowing back more than a few of these at a backyard BBQ or concert.

It pours a just slightly hazy orange-gold body (with some sediment) beneath a short head of off-white foam that holds quite well and leaves some very nice, sticky lace about the glass.

The nose is fruity with some citrusy hops and floral character.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

The flavor delivers a nicely balanced combination of light, biscuity malt and delicate floral and citrusy hops backed by a solid bitterness. It's yeasty fruitiness adds a layer of complexity to it, and it finishes drying with some residual sweet malt that slips quickly from the palate leaving a mild, dull bitterness behind.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with a scant smattering of a head cap.

Scents are a malt front with a Tang flavor balance.

First swigs: Bright lemony citrous hops met with a pez candy and crisp feel. Lingering lemon pel citrus snap. Quite the balanced IPA that bring together a blend of zesty pepper and lemon Tang with a lightly caramelized sugar malt.

Mouthfeel is nedium with frothy carbonation. A dry clean finish with a spritz of mouth pucker.

Last swigs: Refreshing Spree candy bite.. $7.99 a 6'er at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.34/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Except for the foofy label I couldn't find to much wrong with this beer. It poured a nice orange amber with a three finger head that laced nicely down the glass as I drank it. The aroma was of a sweet orange/bread malts and spicy hops. The taste was of sweet bread and buttery caramel. The bitterness came through with the hops in the end. The mouthfeel is slick at first and well carbinated. There is a gummy mouthfeel afterwards. Overall a middle of the road IPA.

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Photo of monkeybutler
3.09/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this IPA in a mixed 12 pack from my sister who was visiting Buffalo. I've never heard of the brewery.

Good frothy head with solid retention and lace. This bottle was very fizzy at first pour, and continued to be fizzy until the last drop. It's a beautiful deep amber color.

When first poured, I got hit with some strong hop aroma, but after letting the glass breathe for a few minutes, the hop aroma was all but gone, leaving only a hint of malt.

Taste was good. Had nice balance, though the hops didn't seem quite right. Not sharp enough; a little more malt and this would be an ESB.

Mouthfeel was all there, perhaps almost to a fault. Quite syrupy for a regular IPA.

Drinkability was fine. By the end here, I'm ready to try a few others from the 12 pack before coming back to the other remaining Flower Power in there.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light orange with a short foamy head, not much retention but a little lacing. Smell is dominated by a nice light flowery hops, citrus notes. Taste is rather light, slightly smooth malts but really centered on the hops, not very bitter though. Very, very carbonated. Refreshing and light, a good light IPA for people who don't like heavy-duty hops.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.02/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one appears a fairly average amber color, with a fading white bubbly head. Smells a little weak for an IPA, but a nice hop aroma is there. Ehhh, I don't know about the taste. A little too sweet and malty. Really sweet actually. I don't know the ABV, but it seems pretty noticable, and really warming. Less hoppy than is desired. Mouthfeel is a little thick. All in all a little underwhelming. They make a great Nut Brown though.

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Photo of mentor
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Review, Scored (2010-07-23)
Pours a two finger off-tan head over a cloudy and particulated orange-rust liquid. Smells lemon pith, pine, grapefruit, dry woody, blood orange, and tropical punch. Smells fantastic.

Tastes potent piney citrusy juicy hops with modest hop bitter and gentle sweet malt undertones. Hop flavors are very pithy grapefruit, lemon tart, baby aspirin, kiwi rind. Hop bitter is mostly clean but with some ragweed/grassiness to keep it interesting. This hits the spot, having just finished pitching a softball game in the summer heat. Mild alcohol sting and crisp carbonation sting of fine bubbles at the end. Dry finish leaves teeth sticking to each other. Md-thick in the mouth, but leaves the mouth as light.

Old Review, Not Scored (2005-07-06)
Bottle provided by shippos...thanks much! Pours a one finger very light tan head over a crystal clear light rust orange liquid. Smells, whoa, Munich and Biscuit Malt. That's not what I was expecting from an IPA. Citrusy hop aroma is oddly absent.

Taste is potent malt and almost no hop bitter or flavor. Upon drawing in the liquid, I get a faint sour that's quickly over-run by sweet and malt that's likely Munich, as it has a chalky character that I find in my homebrews that use Munich. The taste is similar to New Belgium's "Fat Tire", but stronger. With searching I get some tangerine from hop flavor near the end. Also, about that same time, I get a bit of acrid from carbonation forming on the flat of my tongue. The aftertaste sees a very gentle hop floral rise up the back of the throat. Md body and mildy, but sharply, carbonated.

Overall the beer is delightfully sweet and munich malty. I'd classify it as more of a bock or american red. Sorry for the low scores, I have to rate it as an IPA, if I were to rate as a bock it would be much higher.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear dark gold body, sligh amber hue. Inch or so of crisp white head.

Smell: Grapefruity as hell, hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Malt comes through, nice and sweet. Solid aroma.

Taste/mouthfeel: Huge hop taste, amorillo(?), though not overwhelmingly bitter. Quite sweet, lots of body, and crisp. Bitterness, while not real strong, lasts quite a while in the mouth. I like this, but there are lots of better IPAs out there.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting brew because of the highs and lows. Grapefruit aroma, lace in appearance, refreshing aggressive carbonation. However, a drying leaf aftertaste, bitter drying out grainy like the sucrose toothpaste. A bit of metallic, and a line of dark blood red like a radish in the head of the pour. I would try this on tap, but would want some food right away.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours apricot. Didn't get much head out of it. Good and piney, tastes like is smells, but not overly so. Any easy going sort of IPA. The hops don't over-power the malts. A nice fruity touch as well. Pretty evenly balanced. Good body, with a slight alchohol tang at the end of it. Perhaps my bottle was nearing the end of it's optimal drinking time? Good and tasty, but not overly so.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap @ Clarks in Syracuse. Dark red/amber with a nice head of khaki foam. Moderate lacing all over my English pint glass. Aromas are of fresh floral hops, with a sweet bready maltiness and a lovely flowery taste that lingers on the back of the tongue. Taste is quite hoppy up front with some citrus fruit flavors, and some floral accents as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied>thick and the drinkability is very good.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark orange colour with a moderate head. The floral aroma was well complimented with hints of citrus fruits and peaches. The taste was fruity as well. It did'nt have much of a hoppy bite that I was expecting. It was more tame. More of a beer for those who didn't like the Double IPA.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper with a two finger head that settles nicely leaving big globs of foam down the side of the glass,aromas of pine needles and some nuttiness.Taste is a hop heaven piney and resiny with nutty malt backbone very dry makes you want more.A soapiness in the finish may keep the drinkability a little lower but if you like hops you'll like this for sure,well made and highly drinkable well done.

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Photo of Boto
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: This one pours a very clear amber color. There was a small white head to it. The aroma was pretty good. Its main component was a flowery hopiness, with some spiciness also. The taste had a decent bitterness to it with a good medium malt backbone. Still, it really was more in between an IPA and an APA. I’d still have another, however.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 3/4" creamy light beige head, which fades, but laces well with foamy coating. An orangy amber brew, with a minimal aroma, which is more of malts than hops, unfortunately. Taste is initally light malts, which is taken over by a generic hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are both good, could certainly see this as a session brew, but nothing particularly outstanding in any aspect. A reasonable all-purpose brew.

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Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangy amber, moderate head, leads to a thin tiny buble film and some lacing. Piney, hop nose. Bready malt base, pleasant,but not overpowering hopping rate here. Fruity,and citric. Soft and well balanced IPA, actually seems British in style. This one will not to it for you if your looking for something wildly hoppy, but its a pleasant IPA/sessioner

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Photo of cbl2
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A fairly still amber with a thin white lacing of head on top.

Rather than the characteristic floral aroma indicative of an IPA, I'm getting a mostly malty aroma. Off style.


Very smooth mouthfeel. Not scorchingly hoppy like some IPA's. In fact, this is quite malty. There is a hop presence at first, but it is replaced by a mildly sweet malt flavor by midsip. Not like any IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a beautiful, orange tinged amber, topped with a generous, ivory colored foam. Excellent clarity. Good head retention, with sticky, cobwebby lace. The head settles into a misty coating, a thin crescent of beer exposed, with a couple islands of large bubbles making a lopsided smiley face. I think it's a sign.
The aroma is actually quite malty. A rich, earthy quality to the scent, with woody, herbal hops and a soft biscuity tone to the malt. A bit of oak and walnut, with a soft breath of pear. The hops are surprisingly mellow, considering this is an IPA. I could certainly stand for more.
The flavor starts with a pleasant enough maltiness. A pronounced biscuity taste, with a bit of husky graininess. Some toastiness, with an oak woodiness moving into very soft pear and floral esters. The finish is actually fairly hoppy, although the bitterness is very subtle, without the typical in-your-face bitterness you expect from an american IPA. It kind of sneaks up on you, through the easy going, crunchy, jam band listening feel. The oak is very distinct, meeting a walnut yeast flavor and balancing biscuity grain. A lingering woody hop flavor, with a bit of grainy malt sticking to the back of the tongue. Medium bodied, with soft but steady carbonation. A bit of a rough-hewn mouthfeel, with all the earth, wood and grain going on. I like it.
A very earthy, natural feel. The graininess is somewhat like an organic ale, and the oak flavor really conjures up a cask feel. It's a nice enough IPA, but perhaps a little more bite would make it better. Some of that herbal, piney oiliness. Regardless, I like the woody, earthy feel, it creates character and makes the brew distinct.
A big thanks to Shippos for the bottle!

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Photo of TagoMago
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle with some funky pseudo-psychedelic labeling.

Appearance: Clear copper with a dark red hue. The beer pours with a decent-size head, but subsides after a matter of seconds, leaving a very faint, barely noticeable lacing.

Aroma: Faint floral hop aroma with some fruity esters. A slight maltiness is detected as well.

Taste: The hop character is very mild for being an IPA, and the body is quite thin. This is a very clean, refined beer with some fruity, herbal hop overtones and a bready malt background.

Overall: This was a rather disappointing IPA and not a very good example of its style. While very drinkable, this beer would never satisfy a true hophead. The body was also a bit too thin. This would be a good beer or those who are new to the style, but for us hop lovers, there are much better beers out there. This appears to be yet another average beer by a very average brewery. Nevertheless, this is a decent beer and makes for great hot weather drinking as it is quite refreshing and not too heavy on the palate.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Low carbonation. Tiny white head formed after the pour and faded quickly leaving no lace. Hazy dark golden colored beer. Slightly floral hop and cereal malt flavor becomes bitter midway through and finishes slightly alcoholic. Mild aroma with only a pinch of hops and malty alcohol noticable. With a name like Flower Power I expected a light, more aromatic beer, not a big bitter IPA. Dissapointing.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery.

An excellent rendition of a more traditional, british IPA.

Appearance is a bright kettle-drum-hued orange, with a small white head.

Rather than knock you over the head with hops, this beer carries a light hop overtone through a thin ESB- like body, and finishes with an extremely dry hop end. Almost like dry hop petals are sitting on your tongue. What better way to resaturate them than to take another sip, eh?

Very drinkable, like many of IBC's products tend to be. The only complaint I have is that I'd like to see more of a malt profile...but seeing how this is a summer seasonal, I suppose you don't want a really heavy body.

This I think would be an excellent choice to convert a non-BA with, especially one who favors sweeter white wines.

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Photo of Dantes
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16oz. Shaker pint. Cost: $3. Also available in the Ithaca Brewing variety 12-Packs.

Appearance: Typical, lemony-yellow, cloudy IPA. Paler than most, but this is not a 9%+ ABV’er. Generated a loose, frothy, large-gauge white head that resolved down to a thin, patchy skim. Fine-grained carbonation.

Smell: Appropriately floral in character, with a resolutely, hoppy, herbaceous aroma. Very fresh-smelling, like a Spring day down at the Gorge.

Taste: For those of you die-hard hop-heads, this will seem pretty mild; but it is an excellent session IPA. The taste, like the aroma, is very floral, with definite hop notes balanced by a sweet fruitiness. Doesn’t exhibit the strong, citrus characteristics of many IPA’s. Has a very refreshing flavor profile. The draught version is meatier, with more complex herbal notes and a longer, fuller finish; although the bottled version is nice as well. Several people came up to me at the fraternity’s Reunion cocktail party to specifically comment on how good the Flower Power was (it ran out first). One brother specifically came up to me and said, “Wow, this is a hoppy beer! I like it!”

Mouthfeel: Delightfully smooth, cool, and satisfying. Finely carbonated. Light-bodied. The bottled version is on the thin side, robbing it of some of its charm.

Drinkability: Frightfully drinkable. Somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA, this beer should have a very wide appeal to BA’s and novices alike. Not very strong (either ABV or hoppiness), it is particularly enjoyable when fresh on draught.

This beer really surprised me. While impressed by Ithaca’s Nut Brown and the Pale Ale, I didn’t expect the Flower Power to be as complex and intriguing as it was. It really cries out to be made available year-round as their flagship brew. While not on the level of a Dreadnaught or HopDevil, it defines its own niche as a "mild" IPA, with a smooth, sweet character. Extremely inexpensive, this is a great Summer beer for quaffing in copious quantities. Flower Power is a beer that proves the aphorism that, “When in Rome…” Like the super-fresh, simple wines one might try in Italy or France, that never seem to travel well, Ithaca Flower Power IPA really shines, especially when fresh.

Bottom Line: If this had been available at The Chapter House (or even on tap in the house) when I was in college, I still wouldn’t have graduated!

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Photo of sponberg
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold with a thinnish head that hangs on pretty good.

Like, wow, man, this is one mellow IPA! Not much in the way of aroma - this followed a HopDevil, so it had a helluva opening act to live up to, but still, very subdued for an American IPA. The hops are primarily in the flavor and bitterness - they add a pleasant but not overpowering floral/citric/spicy character to the toasty, slightly caramelly malt flavors. A lingering bittersweet flavor finishes it off. Because of the lack of full frontal citrus assault and medium body, you can drink a LOT of these. Not the first choice for a hophead by any mans; however, if your tastes lean toward a more restrained IPA, it's a fine choice.

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Flower Power India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 5,438 ratings